Driving during Winter can be hazardous and scary, especially in regions that receive a lot of snow and ice this time of year. Additional preparations can help make a trip safer. According to OSHA, it is important to follow the Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving: Prepare, Protect and Prevent.
PREPARE for the trip —
Perhaps one of the most critical steps, it is important to be prepared for whatever lays ahead.
• Maintain your car by checking the battery, tire tread and pressure, brake pads, windshield wipers and antifreeze levels.
• Have on hand: a flashlight, jumper cables, sand/cat litter for traction, shovel, snow bash/ice scraper, blankets, food, water, emergency phone/walkie talkie.
• Practice cold weather driving: during daylight, maneuver slowly on ice or snow in an empty parking lot.
• Steer into a skid.
• Test your brakes.
PROTECT yourself —
• Always wear your seatbelt.
• Make sure children are in proper safety seats in the back seat.
PREVENT crashes —
• Never drive under the influence.
• Slow down and increase space between other cars.
• Avoid fatigue.
The holidays are full of cheer and merriment. Keep these driving safety tips will keep you and your loved ones safe and prepared this time of year.